by JAKE GONZALEZ
On Sunday, March 19, the second seeded Kentucky Wildcats and the tenth seeded Wichita State Shockers faced off in the round of 32 in Indianapolis, Indiana. Wichita State, coming off of an upset against upset victory against seventh seeded Dayton, hoped to pull off another remarkable upset. Leading the Wildcats were freshman standouts Malik Monk and De’Aaron Fox. For Wichita State, freshman Landry Shamet was a key contributor.
Throughout the first half, the Wildcats and the Shockers were back and forth. They displayed what March Madness is all about by giving 110 percent effort on every possession. The first half ended with a score of 26-24 with the Wildcats on top. The defensive ability of both teams was a major part of the first half, as they combined for only 50 points in the first half.
The second half continued with the same high intensity. Lead changes and ties were consistently happening. Wichita State’s largest lead was four points and Kentucky’s largest lead was seven. The ballgame came down to the final possession. The ball was in Landry Shamet’s hands with the clock ticking down. Shamet shot a desperation three to force the game to overtime, but it was blocked by Kentucky’s Edrice Adebayo. This sealed the game for Kentucky with a 65-62 thrilling victory.
Kentucky’s next game is in the sweet sixteen against third seeded UCLA and star freshman point guard Lonzo Ball. They previously played on December third and UCLA came out on top with a 97-92 win.